Sweet Tooth Sweet Attack

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Anyone who has any touch of a sweet tooth understands that from time to time, we all crave something sweet! How to handle such a situation when you’re working on your health and trying to lose weight? Calories are precious commodities in our plans, as is the fat and carbs we try to limit to some degree in order to meet our goals!

So here are some of the things I’ve used for under 200 calories:

  • Apple sliced up with cinnamon on it.
  • Apple sliced up with a tablespoon of peanut butter to dip.
  • Banana with peanut butter to dip (obviously the banana’s slippery lol, so you might need a spoon or fork!)
  • Peaches, nectarines, plums, grapes, strawberries, basically any fruit that has a satisfying sweet taste is great!
  • Fruit with low calorie whip cream on top!
  • Canned fruit mixed with applesauce, yum! Low calorie too with lite syrup or water based canned fruit and unsweetened applesauce, around 100-120 calories. Even diced fresh strawberries in applesauce is delicious!
  • Unsweetened applesauce with a little bit of cinnamon mixed in.
  • Yogurt (regular/Greek) either with fruit or other dessert flavor or with fresh fruit added in.
  • Greek yogurt with peanut butter and/or bananas mixed in.
  • Low calorie pudding with fresh fruit mixed in, I prefer vanilla with diced banana.
  • Fiber One brownies occasionally since they are only 90 calories and really hit the spot for me.
  • Granola bars/Nutrigrain type bars.
  • Skinny Cow ice creams, which come in a variety of flavors and kinds with low calories.
  • Ice cream sandwiches, I personally use any brand and usually just regular or chocolate for 160-170 calories.
  • Ice cream cone from McDonald’s is only 170 calories, less if you get the kiddie cone!
  • Whole wheat/whole grain toast with honey nut or strawberry cream cheese for around 150-190 calories total.
  • Dry cereal occasionally if I’m desperate such as Life, Cheerios, or other relatively low calorie choices. This depends on what we have in the house.

The honey nut cream cheese was actually something my brother got but when I was craving something sweet and we didn’t have anything in the house, I tried that thinking the toast would fill me up and discovered that the honey taste really hit the spot. I used it another time when I was craving something sweet too. I haven’t had any strawberry cream cheese recently but I know from past experiences that it can hit the sweet spot too.

Most of these packaged foods are only occasional as I don’t keep many of them in the house on a regular basis, but they are good on the occasion that we do have them. I especially like the Fiber One brownies because I can keep them in my own space (away from grabby hands) and eat one as needed. I have by no means cut out processed foods entirely, and still turn to them pretty regularly. That is something I will work on as I continue my journey, but I do try to at least make a good effort to eat healthier options that are natural or minimally processed. Sometimes I do better than others, but it’s a process.

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Some of these could even serve as dessert with your dinner, or as an evening snack as most are really low calorie and/or healthy on some level.

So when you’re having a sweet attack, try something from this list and see if it works for you!

What are your go-to sweet treats that are low calorie and/or healthy? Do you have anything to add to this list? I know I didn’t list everything, because there are so many options so feel free to share! Passing along what you turn to can really help others in their own journeys.

~Bonnie~

Super Easy and Simple “Recipe”

Do you ever have a strong craving for something sweet, but you don’t want to blow your whole plan? I do and honestly pretty often. I have a huge sweet tooth and sometimes it is just too hard to tame it!

Here is one of my go-to’s to satisfy the sweet tooth:

Fat free and sugar free vanilla pudding mix
2 cups milk (I prefer 1% personally)
Half of a diced banana

The vanilla pudding tastes delicious even without the sugar and fat. I have eaten it by itself as well as with the banana and it hit the spot.

So what you do is prepare the pudding as per the directions on the box, using whatever milk you have available to you. Then after it has set in the fridge, serve yourself a half cup (one serving), dice half of a banana, and mix it together. Sit down and enjoy the sweet and complimentary flavors!

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It’s a dessert, but at least half healthy! Made with 1% milk and half of a small banana, it totals around 115-125 calories for the whole treat! What a lovely low-calorie way to fill your sweet tooth’s cravings! Plus it has the added bonus of 4 grams of protein from the milk!

You could also try other fat free, sugar free pudding flavors mixed with other fresh fruit or even canned fruit and find what works for you if this doesn’t sound good. There are so many options!

~Bonnie~